Michelle Loxton

Host and Reporter

Michelle Loxton joined KAZU in 2019. Her radio career started in her home country of South Africa where she worked in both community and commercial radio. Before moving to the Monterey Bay Area, she worked in the United Arab Emirates for almost five years at the Arabian Radio Network. Michelle has experience as a reporter, host, news reader and producer. She is excited to be working in public radio in the United States for the first time.

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Michelle Loxton

The lack of affordable housing in the Monterey Bay area is not a new problem. So, the competition for rental units is fierce. This is having an impact on the workforce population, which is key to important industries on the Central Coast.

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There has been a 33% increase in driving under the influence or DUI cases in Monterey County this past fiscal year. The district attorney is trying to tackle this problem.

Michelle Loxton

Farm fields across the Central Coast are a lot less busy this time of the year. That means farmworkers aren’t getting a paycheck. An annual holiday drive aims to help with Christmas presents and food donations.

Doug McKnight

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) has been working on legislation for the past nine months that could have a major impact on one of the Central Coast’s most important industries - agriculture. 

Michelle Loxton

Fatal opioid overdoses in Monterey County have more than tripled this year compared to 2018. Many are blaming counterfeit street drugs laced with fentanyl that have started showing up in the community.

Michelle Loxton

The Department of Defense recently awarded a $266,589 grant to a California State University Monterey Bay professor to continue his research into fog. KAZU News spoke with Daniel Fernandez about how this grant will take his research to the next level.

Michelle Loxton

Grazing goats have been credited with stopping the spread of wildfires, including the one north of Los Angeles recently that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Fort Ord National Monument has been using these goats for years to reduce the threat of fire.

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

The City of Pacific Grove will vote Wednesday night on whether to invest roughly $70,000 into the maintenance and revival of a seaside park that draws thousands of visitors every year to its fuschia, fluorescent blooms.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Following the death of a 16-year-old female from a suspected overdose in Seaside last week, police departments across Monterey County are sounding the alarm about the danger of counterfeit street drugs.

Michelle Loxton

 On Saturday, the public has a rare opportunity to view some usually hidden-away historical artifacts.

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Parts of Santa Cruz County are expected to lose power beginning at 8pm tonight. Residents have tried to prepare for PG&E’s anticipated “Public Safety Power Shutoff” with changing information. Local water departments are also on high alert. 

Michelle Loxton

Congressman Jimmy Panetta has been in the Monterey Bay area for a couple of weeks, traveling throughout his district. The KAZU News team sat down with him last week to ask “Where We’re At” on some of the top issues affecting our community.

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UPDATE 10/09/19 1:40pm: PG&E has announced that shutoffs in Santa Cruz County will begin later this afternoon and into the evening. According to Santa Cruz County, power outages for parts of the county are expected to begin after 8 p.m.

  

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A group of scientists from around the world are in the Arctic for a massive year-long expedition. About 900 people from 19 nations are involved, including two research professors from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey.

Michelle Loxton

In the United States, more children and teens die from guns than any kind of medical condition.  A new program is trying to prevent this locally.

Michelle Loxton

Rancho Cielo is a nonprofit in Salinas that offers at-risk youth the chance to prepare for jobs in a range of industries, from culinary to construction. Their newest program trains youth to work in the growing AgTech sector.

Michelle Loxton

A Defense Language Institute alumna will forever be remembered after she lost her life serving in Syria earlier this year. 

Michelle Loxton

 

Car Week is underway.   To help you navigate the traffic that comes with this annual event, Monterey County is sharing an interactive online tool.  

Michelle Loxton

In its quest to go after plastic pollution, Santa Cruz County has set its sights on single use cups and plastic water bottles.

Krista Almanzan

Santa Cruz County is looking to ban more plastic items.  And they’re asking the public to help them decide what to go after.

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